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It is so worth the 10 minutes of prep it takes to whip this Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade together! It is so easy and it simply transforms boneless skinless chicken breast from boring into juicy flavorful grilled perfection! {Gluten-free and Paleo}

Juicy garlic lemon chicken marindae with oregano and pickled jalapenos on Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Naturally gluten-free. Works with chicken breast, chicken thighs and all different kind of meat too!

My friend Rachel has a fabulous group board on Pinterest called No More Boring Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast. Every day contributors are adding new delicious recipes to the board, reminding us all that we don’t have to settle for Plain Jane chicken. It is in that spirit that I bring you this recipe. And let me tell you, this recipe is destined to be pinned on that board. It is simple and flavorful and anything but boring!

Easy 10 minute recipe for Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade {glutenfree and paleo}

I used the zest of an entire lemon plus the juice. Feel free to use less zest if you like a less pronounced lemon flavor but keep the amount of juice so that the acidity of the marinade does its job. I also added in 3 cloves of garlic because, well garlic is awesome and therefore makes chicken awesome.

Juicy garlic lemon chicken marindae with oregano and pickled jalapenos on Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Naturally gluten-free. Works with chicken breast, chicken thighs and all different kind of meat too!

Then came the oddball ingredient: Pickled jalapenos. Say what? I know, pickled jalapenos are not your typical marinade ingredient, but I really love them because their spiciness is not dry or harsh. Feel free to leave them out or sub in fresh jalapenos to taste if you like.

Juicy garlic lemon chicken marindae with oregano and pickled jalapenos on Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Naturally gluten-free. Works with chicken breast, chicken thighs and all different kind of meat too!

I also have masses of oregano in my garden right now, so that seemed like an excellent choice for fresh herbs.

Juicy garlic lemon chicken marindae with oregano and pickled jalapenos on Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Naturally gluten-free. Works with chicken breast, chicken thighs and all different kind of meat too!

As with most other marinades the longer you let the chicken marinate, the stronger the flavor. You just want to make sure you don’t let it go too long, it’ll denature the proteins on the exterior of the chicken meat, and will make the texture tough and dry on the outside once it’s cooked. So anywhere from 4 to 12 hours is best. {In a rush? For a chicken marinade that requires a shorter marinating time, I recommend this garlic herb marinade.}

Easy 10 minute recipe for Garlic Lemon Chicken Marinade {glutenfree and paleo}

This marinade works with chicken thighs and bone in chicken too, just keep in mind that there is oil in the marinade, so you’ll want to be careful of flare-ups if you’re grilling the meat.

LINK LOVE:

Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Garlic Yogurt Sauce  from Diethood

Za’atar Roasted Chicken Breast from The Mediterranean Dish

30 Minute Tuscan Chicken Marsala from The Wanderlust Kitchen

Lemon Pepper Skillet Chicken from Baked by Rachel

One Pan Skinny Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini from iFoodreal

Are you following my chicken board on Pinterest?

One of the most popular recipes on Healthy Seasonal Recipes also happens to be a chicken marinade. Isabel’s Island Chicken Marinade. If you haven’t made it before, do not miss it!

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garlic lemon chicken marinade
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: enough marinade for 1 to 2 pounds chicken

Calories per serving: 67

Fat per serving: 7 g

Saturated fat per serving: 1 g

Carbs per serving: 1 g

Protein per serving: 0 g

Fiber per serving: 0 g

Sugar per serving: 0 g

Sodium per serving: 223 mg

garlic lemon chicken marinade

A simple chicken marinade recipe with garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice, pickled jalapenos and oregano.

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Puree garlic, lemon zest and juice and olive oil in a mini prep, blender or with an immersion blender in a blending jar. Add jalapeno, oregano, salt and pepper and pulse just to combine. Store in the refrigerator up to one week, or freeze up to 3 months. This recipe makes enough to marinate 1 to 2 pounds of chicken. Let chicken marinate for 4 to 12 hours.
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